As a school, we actively follow all National and Local guidelines in regard to the safe recruitment of staff, child protection and online safety. Keeping children safe is a priority for the whole school community. If you have any concerns regarding a pupil's wellbeing, please contact school and ask to speak to a Designated Safeguarding Lead or Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads. We have yearly updates, which are re-visited throughout the year to ensure we remain vigilant. Although we are a small school, we have key staff members who lead on both child protection and online safety.
Mrs Catherine McLaughlin - Headteacher ([email protected])
Our Deputies are:
Mrs Emma Greenwood - Senior Teacher
Mrs Catherine Wickham - SENCO
Miss Kelly Lupson - FLO
The role of a DSL is to ensure that our pupils are safe both in and outside of school. If you have any worries or concerns about a situation that your child, or any other, is facing, please do not hesitate to contact us. Please record your concern, and any observations or conversation heard, and report to one of the DSLs as soon as possible. We will take you seriously.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
If your concerns relate to the actions or behaviour of a member of staff (which could suggest that s/he is unsuitable to work with children) then you should report this to one of the DSLs in confidence, (or the Chair of Governors if the concern relates to the Headteacher) who will consider what action to take.
Mrs McLaughlin is our designated safeguarding lead and Mrs Greenwood, Mrs Wickham and Miss Lupson are also trained to this level and act as deputies. However if you have a concern all of our staff are trained to help.
Trust Safeguarding Lead: Mr Mark Pearmain
Tel: 07546 608230
Trust Attendance Officer: Mrs Amanda Adcock
Tel: 07594 888784
Please contact Social care Central Duty Team 03000 411111 or out of hours 03000 419191 if it is a significant concern or if a child is in immediate danger call 999 and ask for the police.
Whilst we always try to get things right, we don't always succeed. Parents are encouraged to contact the class teacher in the first instance should they wish to discuss any concerns; the Headteacher is available, normally by appointment, to discuss any matters relating to the school.
Should these avenues not resolve any matter satisfactorily then the Chair of the Governing Body can be contacted via the school. If you remain dissatisfied, all parents have the legal right to contact the Secretary of State for Education.
A copy of the OCMAT Complaints Policy can be found on the OCMAT Website